The September 18 earthquake near the Sikkim-Nepal border has also taken a toll on the house in which Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore resided at Kalimpong in Darjeeling district.

The house was already in a dilapidated condition but has suffered further damage now. A part of the structure has collapsed and the walls have developed cracks, Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chettri told The Hindu over telephone on Wednesday.

The Kalimpong sub-division was one of the worst-hit regions.

Elaborating on the significance of the ‘Gauriniwas,' Mr. Chettri said not only did the renowned poet lived there he also broadcast his poem “Janmadin (Birthday)” during his stay.

“I had informed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about its significance…Since we are trying to promote tourism in the Darjeeling hills, this is certainly one of the important places that can be a major attraction,” Mr. Chettri said, adding that the next time he visits Kolkata he will be presenting a proposal for the renovation of the building.

The damages suffered by the building are so severe that it may take up to Rs. one crore to restore it.

Mr. Chettri said that another heritage building where the famous Russian painter Roerick had lived in Kalimpong however withstood the tremors. There were reports that the other building that served as Tagore's residence during his stay in the Darjeeling hills at Mongpo has also developed large cracks.